Having been an Antique Dealer for quite a few years, I have always loved old Christmas things and especially the old Wire Brush trees. The old ones can be hard to find and a bit pricey when you do find them, so I thought I would try my hand at making over some new ones. I had planned on coloring these, but I ended up liking the white ones so much, that I ended up leaving them that way and added some pearly accents to them!
This is the pack of mixed Wire Brush trees that I picked up at Michael’s Crafts. I believe these are typically used for Train sets and such. I also saw some individual ones for sale at Walmart, so you might want to try there too. Update: A sweet reader named Deanna, just gave me a heads up that you can buy these at Home Depot for only $6.99 for a pack of 21! Woohoo! That’s a great price. Thanks for the hot tip Deanna!
1) Green Wire Brush Trees
I did this project out in my garage and used a Gallon of Clorox to bleach out the green color.
I just poured the Clorox into a bucket and left them to site. Just keep an eye on them so that you can pull them out as soon as they turn white. I think it was around 10 minutes or so that I left them in.
The big ones didn’t fit all the way in to the pail, so I just turned them over and bleached them one end at a time.
Once they’re done, just pop them into a another pail of soap water, to stop the bleach process. And then do a final rinse with plain water to get any soap residue off.
So cute already right! Like a little blonde forest! I love that they are an off white, and not pure white, as it gives them more of a vintage look I think. Let them dry thoroughly before the next step.
Next I brushed on some white glue, I think I used Mod Podge actually.
And then I sprinkled on some silver glitter. I used German Glass Glitter because it looks more authentic, but you can use what you like.
Next I applied more glue to the base and then sprinkled on some white glitter from Martha Stewart. (I found out that you can unscrew the bases and then screw them back onto the trees again). I like this glitter because it looks like Mica! After the bases dried I reattached them to the trees.
Then I repurposed the beads from an old Pearl necklace, they made the perfect ornaments for my little trees! I used pliers and hot glue to attach the pearls in a random pattern to the trees. And then I added some small pearly Seashells to the tops of the trees!
Cute and sparkly! They look so nice in a grouping, I placed mine on top of an antique plateau mirror. I hope you enjoyed this project!
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